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NGC 3190

This "Trio in Leo" is quite spectacular to behold. Unlike M65M66, and NGC 3628 (another trio in Leo) these three galaxies are easily captured in a single image. There is actually a fourth member of this group which not shown. This group also goes by another catalogued name of "Hickson 44." These galaxies are estimated to be 60 million light years away. The galaxy furthest to the left is an elliptical galaxy (NGC 3193) and is fairly devoid of detail. The bottom center of the image features NGC 3190. This galaxy is spiral galaxy whose arms are tightly wound around the disk. From our perspective, we view this galaxy 8 degrees from edge-on. Finally NGC 3187 on the right is both dim and striking in shape as a spiral galaxy.

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Last Updated: 13-Mar-2014

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16in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

Luminance = 185 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

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